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Old 01-07-2016, 03:39 PM   #1
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Need advice for rear suspension. Tires rubbing

I have a 2001 325ci. I'm Running 16 inch Borbets and they are running the lip of my fender every time I hit a bump and it's taken paint off. Just curious what I should do to fix it. Would stiffer springs do it? Though I fear springs would lower it. Any ideas? Click image for larger version

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Old 01-07-2016, 04:34 PM   #2
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Get the right wheels. You have an aftermarket wheel that has too low of an offset. If those are not aftermarket, then they are for a different car, not a 3. Probably a 5. If you are using wheel spacers, take them off.
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Old 01-07-2016, 04:50 PM   #3
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The offset is simply too aggressive.
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Old 01-07-2016, 05:01 PM   #4
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And, a 330 running 16s. If you wanted to make that car look and perform better, you should be running a 17 or an 18, and about 8 inches wide, or so.
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Old 01-07-2016, 05:19 PM   #5
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They simply don't fit. Look into rolling the fenders. That can gain clearance
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Old 01-07-2016, 07:08 PM   #6
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As mentioned, the offset is likely off, but what size are the wheels, and what size are the tires? The tire width looks a bit oversized for your wheels in these photos.
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Old 01-07-2016, 10:27 PM   #7
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Roll the fenders or use spring spacers. Depending on how much clearance you need.
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Old 01-07-2016, 11:07 PM   #8
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The tire width looks a bit oversized for your wheels in these photos.
That's what it looks like to me... the vertical clearance of the rim itself doesn't seem to pass over the fender (it's close but not as extreme as the stanced + fender-rolling cases). OP could try narrower tires so they would stretch slightly. These existing bulging tires aren't helping with the car's performance anyways.
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nice wheels, but 16 inch? kinda small for these cars even with big tire.

offsets fine, just get a narrower tire, i run a 0 offset in the rear with 17x8 on a 205 and its good for me
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As mentioned, the offset is likely off, but what size are the wheels, and what size are the tires? The tire width looks a bit oversized for your wheels in these photos.

Only information I know about the wheels are that they're 16's. A friend of mine have them to me for free that's why I'm using them and personally didn't think they looked bad As for the tire size they are 225/50zr16. Tires have 100 miles on them so I'll be a little disappointed if they turn out to be the wrong size... However I will mention that the rear springs are shot.
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nice wheels, but 16 inch? kinda small for these cars even with big tire.

offsets fine, just get a narrower tire, i run a 0 offset in the rear with 17x8 on a 205 and its good for me

The rims I had were stock chrome ones and were in bad shape. These were free

However, I never really looked into the tire size for them. I just bought the same size that was on them previously. Which was 225/50R16
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Roll the fenders or use spring spacers. Depending on how much clearance you need.

How hard would it be to roll the fenders? I'm not too informed on that. As far as springs I'm curious if doing a set of Bilstein shocks and H&R springs would pick it up a bit. My springs and shocks are shot. And I have been told that Bilsteins can lift a car a little bit. But o figured this set up would stiffen things up and prevent body roll.
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The offset is simply too aggressive.

Is that necessarily bad?
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Old 01-08-2016, 04:29 PM   #14
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Tires are too big for those wheels.

1) Get smaller tires. (this would most likely be enough to correct the situation, 95% chance to work with OK looking tires, 100% chance to work with tires narrow enough)
2) Roll the fenders. (could be enough to stop rubbing, 40% chance to work)
3) Buy a new set of wheels with different offset. (100% chance to work if the offset is correct)
4) Adjust camber and keep the wheels/tires (not recommended, 100% chance to work)
5) Get a height adjustable spring/shock package (110% chance to work, you could raise the car to make it look like a redneck truck, not recommended)

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However I will mention that the rear springs are shot.
Replace the springs and you'll gain some extra millimeters that may correct the situation (0-100% chance to work, impossible to say cos you are the only one who has even seen the springs)
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Old 01-08-2016, 05:15 PM   #15
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Yep, they even look great on and XI as snow wheels.

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